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The Man in the Glass Booth (1975)

Arthur Goldman is a rich Jewish industrialist, living in luxury in a Manhattan high-rise. He banters with his assistant Charlie, often shocking Charlie with his outrageousness and ... See full summary »

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Arthur Goldman
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Miriam Rosen
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Charlie Cohn
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Lloyd Bochner ...
Dr. Churchill
Robert H. Harris ...
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Jack
Norbert Schiller ...
Berry Kroeger ...
Joachim Berger
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Dr. Alvarez
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Mrs. Levi
Leonidas Ossetynski ...
Samuel Weisberg (as Leonidas Ossettynski)
David Nash ...
Rami
Martin Berman ...
Uri
Richard Rasof ...
Moshe
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Arthur Goldman is a rich Jewish industrialist, living in luxury in a Manhattan high-rise. He banters with his assistant Charlie, often shocking Charlie with his outrageousness and irreverence about aspects of Jewish life. Nonetheless, Charlie is astonished when, one day, Israeli secret agents burst in and arrest Goldman for being not a Jewish businessman but a Nazi war criminal. Whisked to Israel for trial, Goldman forces his accusers to face not only his presumed guilt--but their own. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The kidnapping . . . . The masquerade . . . The murder trial . . . . Perhaps the most suspenseful shocker of our time.

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27 January 1975 (USA)  »

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El hombre de la cabina de cristal  »

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On the stage, in its original Broadway run at the Royale Theatre, "The Man in the Glass Booth" was directed by Harold Pinter whilst its lead character, Arthur Goldman, was played by Donald Pleasence. Unlike this film, Robert Shaw had a writer's credit for this stage production. All three received Tony Award nominations for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Play respectively. See more »

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The Nazi Concentration Camps were run by the SS. The Wehrmacht (the regular Germany Army, also referred to as the Heer) was not directly involved in running the camps and the uniform "Colonel Dorf" is wearing during the trial is a gray Wehrmacht uniform instead of a black SS uniform. Also the SS used it's own rank titles, so Dorf would have been known as a Standartenfuhrer instead of an Oberst (Colonel). See more »

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References Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) See more »

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Es war ein Edelweiss
("It was an Edelweiss")
Written by Herms Niel
Sung by Charlie (Lawrence Pressman)
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Brilliant performance overcomes other flaws
27 May 2000 | by (Arlington Heights, IL) – See all my reviews

This is my all-time favorite film. Maximilian Schell's Oscar-nominated performance completely dominates everything else on the screen. His long courtroom speeches are both disturbing and riveting. This is based on a book and play by Robert Shaw, who'll you'll probably remember as an actor from "The Sting", "Jaws" and "A Man for All Seasons". He disowned the movie version because of changes made. It has been too many years since I've seen the film, but I have re-read both book and play this month. I think a significant change to Col. Dorff's heritage was probably his objection. While I see his point, I think he overreacted. The film itself is a bit slow moving and everyone else is overpowered by Mr. Schell's breathtaking performance. But those flaws didn't kick in for me until I had seen the film a dozen or more times. It is a must see for Maximilian Schell's work- one of the greatest performances ever filmed.


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